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Reserve Forces Day 2014

  The National Parade Sydney 6 July 2014 go to top of page

A truly great parade in Sydney. The appearance of the band of the New South Wales Lancers, supported by the Lancers' Association as the largest Reserve contingent standing testiment to Australia's longest serving Reserve unit.

A great show by Her Excellency's mounted escort.

The Governors Mounted Escort The Governors Mounted Escort
The Governors Mounted Escort The Governors Mounted Escort

Video courtesy Channel 9 Sydney.

  Hobart Parade 6 July 2014 go to top of page

Tasmania had a very wet event this year on 6th July. We were very close to postponing however, at 1130h the rain stopped and our planned "march off" occurred at noon. The event was probably the best RFD we have had with about 250 attendees despite the rain. Apart from our usual procedures we installed a brass plaque on the Hobart wharves to remember our 1000 Tasmanian volunteers who embarked for Gallipoli on 20/10/14 in two troop carriers . 400 were KIA. The moving unveiling ceremony was carried out by the Lord Mayor of Hobart and the Mayor of Launceston. As a special treat a choir from the Tasmanian Voices celebration presented the Tasmanian National Anthem. This song was last heard in 1901. They also delivered an inspiring rendition of the Australian Nation Anthem. When the march off occurred down came the rain. The Chaplain was generously thanked for his influence.


  Melbourne Parade 6 July 2014 go to top of page

 RFD Parade Melbourne 2014 
RFD Parade Melbourne 2014 RFD Parade Melbourne 2014

The Melbourne Reserve Forces Day Parade and Commemorative Service was conducted on Sunday July 6, 2014 at the Shrine of Remembrance.

The event was hosted by Brigadier Neale Bavington RFD ED (Retd) Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council (Vic) Inc. The guest Reviewing Officer was Maj Gen Jim Barry AM MBE RFD ED (Retd).

The Parade was led by the 4/19 Prince of Wales' Light Horse Band followed by a contingent of RAN Cadets from HMAS Cerberus who proudly carried the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN & MEF) Banner. The RAN Cadets were followed by a number of uniformed Army Reservists recently returned from overseas deployments. Some 200 female and male former and serving Reservists from Corps, Regimental and Unit associations followed.

The Reviewing Officer, Major General Jim Barry, inspected the Standards and delivered the address. A fly-over of historic RAAF aircraft and a wreath laying ceremony with a piper playing the lament, were highlights of the ceremony. The Parade also included a static vehicle and equipment display including heritage military vehicles, a Kelly & Lewis Renault V8 engine from a 1915 WW1 aircraft, and a WW1 vintage Morris Cowley vehicle fitted with a replica Navy mine.

The Parade concluded with a group of re-enactors dressed as WW1 nurses and a light-horse Pennant Party leading the march past the VIP seating gallery where senior ADF officers and Federal Government representatives were standing at the saluting dais.

After the Parade those who took part in the march and senior guests joined together for refreshments provided by the Salvation Army.

  Newcastle Parade 5 July 2014 go to top of page

This year’s parade was one of the biggest and best for some years, enhanced by the presence of a large contingent of uniformed troops from 8 Brigade.

Commander 8 Brigade, Brigadier Allan Murray, CSM, ADC, had indicated that given the disposition of units within the formation, Newcastle would be the focus of the Brigade’s celebration of Reserve Forces Day. Consequently, to complement the National theme, "Showcasing 8 Brigade" was adopted as a local theme, with 8 Engineer Regiment being featured.

Two contingents from the Regiment, one in ceremonial dress and one in field dress, led the parade, preceded by a mine sweeping team clearing the ground, and followed by Engineer plant. Troops from 8 Combat Services Support Battalion, 2/17 Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, and other units from Bullecourt Barracks, Adamstown also took part. Music for the parade was provided by the Regimental Band of the University of New South Wales Regiment. Brigadier Murray was the Principal Guest and Reviewing Officer for the day.

The annual service was well attended, with a welcome to Newcastle by Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Brad Luke. A civic reception and morning tea for official guests was earlier hosted by Cr Luke. Brigadier Murray gave the Reserve Forces day address and the Commanding Officers of 8 ER and 8 CSSB, Lieutenant Colonels Andrew Kennedy and Amanda Williamson took part. Music for the service was provided by Australian Army Band Newcastle and their Pipes and Drums section.

A Recruiting and publicity display, featuring the Regiment’s equipment was manned during the parade and service. This was a major drawcard and, coupled with a major recruiting activity the previous weekend, added greatly to public awareness of Reserve Forces day.

Following the service, the annual reunion luncheon was again held at the nearby CBD Hotel. This function was also very well attended, with good food and fine fellowship being enjoyed by all. The Pipes and Drums entertained during lunch

That evening, 8CSSB held a very successful and enjoyable Anniversary and Reserve Forces Day Ball at Newcastle’s historic Customs House. This also added to the profile of the day.

  Wagga Parade 29 June 2014 go to top of page

The RFD for 2014 was held in bleak, wintry conditions, Plan B was instigated and the Ceremony was moved to the WWCC Gazebo in the Victory Memorial Gardens.

The Keynote Address given by Lieutenant Kingsley Longman was both interesting and informative. He also pointed out Wagga had its own Memento of the ANMEF Campaign, with a Flagpole from the HMAS Sydney standing proud in the gardens adjacent to where our service was being conducted.

Lue tenant Longman also conducted the presentation of the ANMEF and WW1 Medallions. Mr Alan Smith received an ANMEF Medallion, Mrs Beverley Crouch and ANMEF and WW1 Medallion and Mrs Robin Scott received an ANMEF and two WW1 Medallions on behalf of her husband, Geoffrey, who was in hospital recovering from surgery.

The feedback from the Medallion Recipients after the Ceremony was very good, and all thanked the RFD Council for the excellent way the Presentation and Ceremony was carried out.

  From the Prime Minister go to top of page

We are most fortunate that the Prime Minister, The Honourable Tony Abbott MP has shown his support for Reserve Defence Force Service by sending a personal message and recording community service announcements for the 2014 parade. The announcement shown below is for New South Wales.

CLICK HERE for other states

CLICK HERE to download the Prime Minister's message

  2013 Prize Giving - 27 February 2014 go to top of page


Presentation of awards was preformed by COL Don Tait OAM on behalf of the Chairman.

  National Launch - 2 November 2013 go to top of page

All those who attended the 2014 Reserve Forces Day parade could be nothing but impressed. A grand ceremony at the Paddington RSL the standards fluttering and quality drill extracted from aged limbs. All the speeches praised the efforts of reservists and commended Reserve Forces Day.

Reserve Forces Day 2014 Launch slide show

ANZAC Centenary - Reserve Forces Day 2014 Launch Channel 10 Sydney coverage

We were pleased to receive messages of support from the Governor General and the Prime Minister, they can be downloaded below.
DOWNLOAD the Prime Minister's Message
DOWNLOAD the Governor General's Message
DOWNLOAD transcript of MAJGEN Maitland's ANZAC Centenary Speech.
DOWNLOAD transcript of AVM Short's speech on the AFC

  2014 Parade Theme go to top of page

2014 First Year of the ANZAC Centenary

2014, 100 years since our Prime Minister Andrew Fisher vowed that Australia would "help and defend Britain to the last man and the last shilling".  The conflict that was to last until 1918 cost 62 000 Australian lives, a terrible cost to a 4.5 million population.  1914 saw the raising and despatch of the first troops to the War, and the first battle to cost Australian lives. 6 were killed taking control of German New Guinea.  In 1914 Australia had few permanent forces, the reservists of that time formed the backbone of the Navy, ANMEF and AIF that were to be sent overseas and write our country's name large in the company of nations. 

CLICK HERE to download the full document about the ANMEF.  The ANMEF and formation of the AIF are the dual themes of our Reserve Forces Day parades in 2014. CLICK HERE for details of tours to ANZAC Centenary commemoration sites including Rabaul where the ANMEF fought.

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Reserve Forces Day Council Inc
Patron in Chief His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd

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